Tuesday, 23 March 2010

DC Movies Going Ahead? - Flash, Wonder Woman & 2nd Animated Green Lantern!

Yep that's right not only will we be getting the third Christopher Nolan Batman movie and the Superman reboot but now Warner Bros are saying that The Flash and Wonder Woman will be considered as the first of their new superhero "tentpole" movies for the future, and they'll all be released in 3-D!

This news from the web:

At the ShowWest event recently, Warner Brothers executive Alan Horn made an announcement regarding the release of the studio's future superhero franchises. All DC Comic Book Films will now be distributed in 3D; an announcement that many knew was bound to come. That includes the upcoming Superman reboot and Christopher Nolan's third Batman film. Horn also responded to the outward criticism of late regarding films that are converted to 3D in post production. Horn said, on behalf of the studio, “in our opinion, conversion to 3D doesn’t lessen” the quality of the 3D experience.

More importantly, Steve Weintraub at revealed that a plethora of DC Comics properties will replace the void left after the last Harry Potter movie hits theaters. That's right, Warner Bros. is planning on using superhero movies as their tentpole films.

Over the past nine years, the Harry Potter movies have monopolized the box office and given Warner Bros. little worry of financial stability. With the wizard franchise coming to a close this year, some of your favorite DC heroes will finally get their big screen dues.

Weintraub says that 2012 will not only bring us the much anticipated sequel to The Dark Knight, but the first Flash feature film as well; with a possible Wonder Woman movie soon to follow. Rumored Flash director Greg Berlanti was in attendance at ShowWest, but refused to comment on this latest news.

Though Chris Nolan, who is not only directing the next Batman installment but also overseeing production on the untitled Superman project, has made an adamant stand not to allow room for superhero crossovers, it is still unclear if the strategy has Warner Bros. blessing. Green Lantern director Martin Campbell has also said that we should not expect to see any DC superhero references in his film that don't immediately pertain to the Hal Jordan origin story (i.e. no Superman). Whether these future comic book adaptations will take place in their own independent time lines hasn't been confirmed; but it is doubtful many will complain if they are at least offered to opportunity to see some of their favorite characters receive their long overdue film credit.

News also hit last week that a second Green Lantern animated movie will be released in 2011.

Comics Continuum learned that the second feature is in the works over at Warner Bros. According to their source, the direct-to-video feature will be (of course) released alongside Martin Campbell's Green Lantern live action movie in 2011.

According to sources, it will be part of a direct-to-video project that will be timed for release of the live-action Green Lantern movie in the summer of 2011. The story will not follow one of the Earth-bound Lanterns (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner or Kyle Rayner), but will tell of the origins of the Green Lantern Corps itself and showcase the first ring wielders.

The storyline would give audiences a good introduction to the live action film, and delve deeper into the history of the Guardians, Oa and (hopefully) the Manhunters; who were the predecessors to the Green Lantern Corps. Marvel seems to be employing the same strategy with the release of their animated film Thor: Tales of Asgard coinciding with the big screen Thor adaptation.

Awesome news all round!

1 comment:

jan said...

I am looking forward to the Green Lantern movie as the Hal Jordan version is the version I grew up with as a kid but talking of "Green" does anybody know what happened (is happening) with the Green Arrow movie - Has it been shelved, delayed or what? I think "The Creeper" (Original version) could make a good movie and also the super villian Eclipso would be interesting within a superman movie as the main protagonist, Please no more lex luther. I like him but to have him constantly there for practically every superman movie made over the last two decades is becoming boring, have him in one superman movie eventually but please, please, please dont have him in every one its becoming stale.